Legislation requiring many Connecticut employers to provide paid sick leave cleared another legislative hurdle Tuesday, and will likely be considered by the legislature’s budget-writing committee next.

The Democrat-controlled Judiciary Committee on Tuesday adopted the bill over Republican objections in a vote largely along party lines. The measure technically heads now to the Senate, but will most likely be referred back to the Appropriations as it has in previous years.

The bill — which would require businesses with 50 or more employees to provide their workers with time off when they are sick — has failed in previous years, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he intends to sign it if it makes it to his desk.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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